Grayz to become Gneiss
Restaurant to Change Concept in New Year
The owners of Grayz announced today that they will unveil a new concept in early 2009 under the name Gneiss and that Chef Gray Kunz, who is expanding into international markets, will no longer be associated with the restaurant.
Grayz opened as a high-end bar/lounge and private dining venue located in a landmark building at 13-15 West 54th Street in September 2007; Kunz oversaw the global small-plate menu concept.
Chef Martin Brock, who served as the executive chef of Grayz since its opening, will be executive chef of the new restaurant, which will be called Gneiss (pronounced nice).
The restaurant, with Chef Brock continuing to oversee all cuisine, will serve the current Grayz menu through the end of the year and open with a new concept in January 2009.
“As I expand my focus of the Gray Kunz brands to Asia in 2009, I am glad Chef Brock will take the lead in introducing a new concept at Gneiss after my departure, and I am confident the restaurant will enjoy continued success. In addition to Asia, current market conditions are opening opportunities for a new location in New York City,” Kunz said. “I am also planning the launch of new initiatives focused on nutrition and wellness and developing green protocols for chefs.”
“This was an amicable separation,” said Grayz principal owner Steve Distler. “Gray is a remarkably talented chef and we wish him the best of luck in his future ventures. We are excited for Chef Martin Brock and his team to unveil their distinctive point of view and showcase their considerable culinary talents.”